Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris (7) walks off the field with injured quarterback Devin Gardner (98) following the game against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Odds And Ends With A Few Tidbits

Posted at 9:00am — 1/11/2014

Michigan Football: Odds And Ends With A Few Tidbits

1) For everyone, (including myself) that has advocated a different type of QB coach, we got our wish. And now we will see if this type of instruction will improve Devin’s overall game. Nuss has already said that Devin is the QB.

nuss 12) Nuss also made a very clear comment which perked up my attention. he basically said that he wanted to make sure Devin and QB’s get reps in practice that resembles “speed of the game”. That will mean some pretty drastic changes in approach to practices, not that UM does not do controlled scrimmages, but the amount of time they spend was always an issue with me, but it will interesting to see how the drills will be changed to adhere to the above statement.

3) One positive part of Hoke’s approach to coaching is because of his genuine personality he is able to attract top coordinators mainly because they feel they are going to have the ability to run their side of the ball the way they want. This is one of the things that attracted Nuss and when a coach who has aspirations to go to the next level it becomes a perfect situation for him personally.

4) Just a couple tidbits. I know at times we like to say a certain OL plays with a “mean streak” and then we see the in games and we wonder where the aggressiveness. I was told lately that over the years he has seen these kids come to UM and he thought he knew how to identify kids that had that so-called “mean streak”, but it has been a while since he has seen one like Chris Fox. Says he if off the charts when it comes to playing aggressively. And if he gets completely healthy, and a good off-season, don’t count him out.

5) When Morris first arrived at UM, he had some adjustments to make especially on the personal level. Gardner sort of mentored Morris on how to approach football in terms of film work and practice. Now I hope Gardner spends the off-season following Morris around, he has already been seen in inside facility working on his passing game. Morris is a worker.

6) Lets just say the tenor of the after game meeting and the teams first official team meeting in 2014 was much more “serious”. So much so, that I think some may get the message that they either get with the program or they will be asked to find someplace else to go.

Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke in the second half against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2014 is a big year for UM and I hope we see this approach by Hoke continue throughout the off-season and spring. One of the aspects of Hoke’s program I really like (compared to past programs) is the availability of coaches to communicate with players, parents, etc… (its an open door policy). Well that ability to communicate goes both ways and sometimes players misunderstand this policy or misinterpret that the coaches are friends. Its a line that can easily be crossed and for those who have coached they can probably explain it better. My point is, I think Hoke needed to establish that line again and his first 2 meetings are any indication, he has.

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